The Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton, Istanbul, Turkey
The Ritz Carlton sits on the hillside close to Taksim Square, and has exceptional views out across the Bosphorus. Although the building itself is rather unattractive, the hotel's interior is beautifully decorated with classic Turkish decor in a red and gold theme. Facilities are excellent and include a lavish spa with hammam, an indoor swimming pool, fitness suite and an outdoor spa complex for the summer months, which makes the most of the hotel's spectacular views. The hotel offers a choice of two restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine, or if guests wish to eat outside the hotel, the famous Istiklal Street is within easy walking distance. Rooms here have an Ottoman-inspired décor and offer views over the park or the Bosphorus through large windows. They come fully-equipped with modern amenities and begin at a spacious 38 square metres in size.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Take a guided tour of the Blue Mosque, perhaps the most photographed site in Istanbul with its distinctive shape dominating the Sultanahmet skyline.
Starting from the marina just in front of the Spice Market, your cruise will take you out onto the Bosphorus to view many of Istanbul's different architectural styles.
Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, where you'll explore the beach cemeteries of fallen Allied soldiers from World War I and the ancient city of Troy.
This excursion will take you to the Suleymaniye Mosque, which dominates Istanbul's skyline, to see its Iznik tiles, mother of pearl inlays and stained glass windows.
Visit the Chora Museum, an astoundingly beautiful church covered in glistening mosaics from floor to ceiling.
Experience Cukurcuma with its tree-lined streets and winding alleys before visiting the Museum of Innocence, a creation of author Orhan Pamuk.
Take a trip to see perhaps the most famous of all Istanbul’s sites, the Hagia Sophia, which dates back to 537 AD.
Visit the Basilica Cistern’s underground cavern. Descending beneath the streets, you’ll be met with the sight of hundreds of columns rising from the waters, with towering, arched brick ceilings overhead.
Take a guided tour of the interior of the Dolmabahce Palace, which is sumptuously decorated from floor to ceiling with gold and crystal.
Experience the smells and sounds of the Spice Market with this guided tour through its narrow streets and stalls selling herbs and spices, Turkish delight, tea and other delicacies.
This privately guided tour will take you beneath the domed roof of the Grand Bazaar to explore its labyrinthine alleys and stalls.
Learn about life in the imperial household of the Ottoman sultans with this guided excursion of the Topkapi Palace’s buildings and Treasury.